When you look at the goals conceded yesterday by Newcastle all three goals were poor ones to concede and each time we equalized through Aleksandar Mitrovic we managed to concede a goal shortly afterwards – so those are not good things to be happening with just seven games to play.
It’s going to be very very tough to stay up now and each game that goes by that we don’t win will be another nail in the coffin of Newcastle United as we look to take the drop for the second time in seven years under owner Mike Ashley.
Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring yesterday
We have just one point from the last six games and have never been ahead in any of those games since we easily beat West Brom 1-0 at home – our last win.
And after managing to concede a winning goal from Norwich in stoppage time yesterday it’s really hard to think Newcastle have much chance of surviving now – it’s been yet another disastrous season for the club.
Norwich City manager Alex Neil was asked if Newcastle could survive – perhaps by doing a Leicester City – who are now 7 points ahead at the top of the Premier league after beating Southampton at home 1-0 today.
And it’s exactly a year after they were rock bottom of the league when all seemed lost.
This is what Alex Neil said:
“I think it’s always tough,” “You know, seven games left so you need to put a real good run together, I don’t think there’s any question about that.”
“They’ve got real quality players too, there’s no doubt that.” “It is a real hard one though.”
“Are they capable of doing it?” “I think if you look at Leicester last season, they managed to do it.”
“I think it would take a brave man to decide who’s going to do what at this stage.”
“There’s a lot of football still to be played.”
Newcastle could be relegated before the last game of the season and if that happens at least the powers that be who are supposed to be running the club will be able to plan for the Championship next season.
We’ll need new players brought in who can handle the physical game, but we have zero confidence in people like Lee Charnley, who never seem to plan for anything.
There will be a lot to be done but it’s a good question as to who will run the club for Mike Ashley – should he decide to keep the club and not finally sell up – since Lee has proved himself to be lacking in the skill, temperament and experience to be the top executive at Newcastle.
Decisions made by Lee and the Board have gone a long way to seeing us (easily) relegated this season – a short 12 months after we nearly went down last season under John Carver – and even after we spent £82M on transfers last summer and in January.
It’s a crying shame that incompetent and inept people are running the club and have got us to the stage where we are almost certain to become a Championship club soon.
Where we will be next year at this time is anybody’s guess, but it’s unlikely we can come straight back up unless we draft some new players in – preferably those who have some leadership skills and who don’t give up during a game when things get tough.